State restocking Lake Apopka with 1 million bass

Long before Bryan Nelson’s family moved to Central Florida to grow roses, his grandfather journeyed often from South Carolina to fish in Lake Apopka.


The bass from the giant freshwater lake were big and tasty back then. But it’s been at least half a century since Nelson, 57, or anyone else in his family has cast a fishing line into the lake better known to this generation as one of the state’s most polluted, large freshwater bodies.

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